We’re gearing up for a long holiday weekend, which means you’ll have an extra day to decide which Fyre Fest documentary you want to watch. But it also gives you an extra day to read up on a week’s worth of filmmaker-friendly good reads. We’re always looking out for you!


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of January 14, 2019)

Cinereach and The Black List Announce Collaboration to Help Independent Filmmakers (via Chris O’Falt for IndieWire)
Filmmakers can now apply for nonprofit support from Cinereach with the click of a button.

Can Critics’s Awards and Top Ten Mentions Boost Revenues for Independent Films? (via Anthony Kaufman for Filmmaker Magazine)
We all know year end best-of lists are fun to read – but can they actually help indie films make money?

The Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2019: Big Cities and Small Towns (via Ryan Stewart for MovieMaker Magazine)
See if you’re living in a filmmaker-friendly hot spot.

The Cost of Distribution (via Avril Speaks for Dear Producer)
The producer of Jinn breaks down what to look out for when distributing your indie film.

How This Rejected Writer Optioned a Goddamned Feature Script (via CJ Walley for Stage 32)
Some inspirational lessons for screenwriters on the brink of giving up.

Mark Urman, Champion of Independent Films, Is Dead at 66 (via Daniel E. Slotnik for The New York Times)
Mourning the man who founded ThinkFilm and Paladin and helped bring us Monster’s Ball, Born Into Brothels, and Half Nelson.

UPDATED to include:
How an award-winning indie film producer assembles her team (via Ben Taylor for Work In Progress)
Behind the filmmaking process of Thunder Road producer Natalie Metzger.


In case you were ignoring us (aka blatant self-promotion)

SAGindie’s Sundance 2019 Movie Picks
The films our staff are most excited to see in Park City this year.

Filmmaker Interview: Alysia Reiner, producer/star of Egg
The SAG Award-winning actress of Orange is the New Black on her newest film as actor and producer.


A video worth watching

M. Night Shyamalan’s chillhood Indiana Jones movie (via No Film School)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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